Telling the difference between the Ring Video Doorbell (1st Gen) and Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)

Learn the differences between Ring Video Doorbell (1st Gen) and Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) by familiarising yourself with their hardware and product specifications.

Find out what Ring video doorbell you have in the Ring app.

Important: A limited number of Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) were recalled. If your device was properly installed, it should function as expected. Learn more.

Ring Video Doorbell (1st Gen) has sensors on the back of the device and a mounting plate. 

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Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) does not have sensors on the back of the device or the mounting plate. To get the mount off the doorbell, put two fingers on the mount. With the other hand, pull the doorbell straight back to release the magnet holding them together. 

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Product specs

Ring Video Doorbell (1st Gen)
Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)
Power options
Rechargeable internal battery, solar or hardwired.
For your safety, only use an existing doorbell transformer within the range specified below to power your device. For connecting to an existing doorbell system:
- Hardwired transformer (8 to 24 VAC, 50/60Hz, 5VA to 40VA) Not compatible with: DC, halogen, and garden-lighting transformers
Rechargeable Quick Release Battery Pack, mains, solar or hardwired.
For your safety, only use an existing doorbell transformer within the range specified below to power your device. For connecting to an existing doorbell system:
- Hardwired transformer (8 to 24 VAC, 50/60Hz, 5VA to 40VA) Not compatible with: DC, halogen, and garden-lighting transformers
Power supply
Internal battery
Internal battery
Field of view
180° horizontal, 140° vertical
155° horizontal, 90° vertical
Video resolution
HD 720P
HD 1080P
Finishes
Venetian Bronze, Polished Brass, Antique Brass and Satin Nickel
Venetian Bronze, Polished Brass, Antique Brass and Satin Nickel
Compatible networks
2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n
2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n
Resistor
Yes, resistor needed when hardwiring
No, resistor not needed when hardwiring
Diode
Yes. Diode needed when hardwiring and using a digital doorbell
No. Diode not needed when hardwiring and using a digital doorbell
Near motion zone
No
Yes; improves battery life by limiting unnecessary alerts; more flexibility over motion zones
Size
12.65 x 6.17 x 2.21 cm
12.65 x 6.2 x 2.8 centimeters
Operating temperature range
-20.5°C and 48.5°C
Note:
 The devices are also weather-resistant.
-20.5°C and 48.5°C
Note:
 The devices are also weather-resistant.

Last updated 3 months ago